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5 Divine Instructor! Gracious Lord!
Be thou for ever near;
43. C.M.-" Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet,” &c. Ps. cxix. 105. 1 HOW precious is the book divine,
By inspiration given!
To guide our souls to heaven.
In this dark vale of tears;
And quells our rising fears.
Of life shall guide our way, Till we behold the clearer light Of an eternal day.
L.M.- Benefits of the Word.
A fiery pillar went before;
From Egypt quite to Canaan's shore. 2 Such is thy glorious word, O God,
'Tis for our light and guidance given; It sheds a lustre all abroad,
And points the path to bliss and heaven. 3 It fills the soul with sweet delight,
And quickens its inactive powers;
Displays thy love, and kindles ours. 4 Its promises rejoice our hearts,
Its doctrines are divinely true;
Yields comfort and instruction too.
5 Ye British isles, who have this word,
Ye saints, who feel its saving power,
Majestic, like the sun;
It gives, but borrows none.
The gracious light and heat;
They rise, but never set.
For such a bright display,
With beams of heavenly day. 4 My soul rejoices to pursue
The steps of him I love,
With all the blue ethereal sky,
Their great original proclaim.
Doth his Creator's power display;
The work of an Almighty Hand.
The moon takes up the wondrous tale,
4 Whilst all the stars around her burn,
And all the planets, in their turn,
And spread the truth from pole to pole. 5 What, though in solemn silence all
Move round the dark terrestrial ball;
Amidst the radiant orbs be found? 6 In reason's ear they all rejoice,
And utter forth a glorious voice,
47. L.M.-God's Goodness and wonderful Works. Ps. cvii. 21. 1 YE sons of men, with joy record
The various wonders of the Lord;
Through all your tribes the earth around. 2 Let the high heavens your songs invite,
Those spacious fields of brilliant light;
And stars that glow from pole to pole. 3 Sing earth, in verdant robes array'd,
Its herbs and flowers, its fruit and shade; Peopled with life of various forms,
Fishes, and fowl, and beasts, and worms. 4 View the broad sea's majestic plains,
And think how wide its Maker reigns;
And on each wave his goodness shines. 5 But oh! that brighter world above,
Where lives and reigns incarnate love!
6 Thither, my soul, with rapture soar;
There in the land of praise adore;
To him who dwells above the skies;
Who formed the mighty universe.
At once sprung up the cheering light:
Beauty awoke, and spoke the God. 3 The word he gave, the obedient sun
Began his glorious race to run;
To glide along the ethereal way.
Obey the Almighty's high decree:
Then speaks the whole divinely good. 5 But, to complete the wondrous plan,
From earth and dust he fashions man;
The Maker's image stands confest.
Form thou my heart and soul anew,
49. C.M.- Meditating on Creation and Providence. 1 LORD, when our raptur'd thought surveys
Creation's beauties o'er,
And bids our souls adore.
2 Where'er we turn our gazing eyes,
Thy radiant footsteps shine;
And speak their source divine. 3 Thy wisdom, power, and goodness, Lord,
In all thy works appear,
Man, thy distinguish'd care.
That breath thy power maintains;
His brittle frame sustains.
When threatening woes impend,
Or timely succours lend.
With gentle, smiling rays;
Thy goodness and thy praise!
C.M.- The folly of self-dependence. Prov. iii. 5-7. 1 THE swift not always in the race
Shall seize the crowning prize;
The labour of the wise.
When on themselves they rest;
By thee, O Lord, unblest.
Thy missions to perform;
At thy command the storm.